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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Richard Sharp to Samuel Rogers, 23 August 1815

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘Paris: Wednesday, 23rd August, 1815.

‘My dear Friend,—You said something about visiting Paris in October, and I therefore cannot help informing you that a few days ago I saw sixty pictures of the Dutch School taken away, and a hundred and sixty-five more have since been removed. Yesterday I actually saw two noble statues removed under the direction of a Prussian officer and a superintendent of the gallery. Denon told me yesterday that his heart was broken. It is generally understood that the Emperor of Austria claims all the pictures and statues belonging to his Italian states; and that the Pope has sent a minister to demand his. Ministers are here from all parts of Europe to require
restitution. By accident the noble Spanish Raphaels are here.
Joseph Bonaparte sent them to be cleaned. The gentleman at whose house we saw them says that the King of Spain has ordered them back, but that they are to be cleaned first. Such pictures I never saw. They realise one’s notions of the pictures of Apelles. They are called “Lo Spasimo,” the “Madonna del pesche,” and “The Pearl” and “The Salutation.” The tendency of this information and the motive you cannot but see, yet I must fairly add that the diligences to Amiens and to Calais have lately been robbed, and I shall not venture to travel by night.

‘It is impossible to give you the faintest conception of the scene now passing before our eyes. Montmartre fortified by the English, who exclude all French from their lines. Three of our regiments encamped in the Champs Elysées. Rufflius, the Prussian Governor of Paris, and Prince Schwartzenberg, live in hotels surrounded by troops. So do the Emperors of Russia and Austria—at Wellington’s door are only two sentinels.


‘Ever yours affectionately,
R. Sharp.

‘P.S. I am hourly annoyed by English invitations. You would be covered by cards and notes.’